The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning designs and delivers professional learning opportunities that support educators, leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to deepen their knowledge, build their networks, and grow their careers. The Center for Professional Learning offers Virtual Institutes, Certificate Programs, and a variety of webinars and workshops throughout the year.

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Virtual Institutes

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Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn’s faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, you will engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at your own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three half days, allowing you to accelerate your learning while continuing to fulfill your professional obligations. Virtual Institutes focus on a range of topics related to K12 teaching and learning, contemporary issues in higher education, leadership, race and equity, and social-emotional learning. Check back frequently for new offerings.

Learners who successfully complete a Virtual Institute earn a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

Certificate Programs 

Penn GSE certificate programs are our most advanced and rigorous professional learning programs. Certificate programs extend over the course of several months and offer you a rich, in-depth professional learning experience. If you are a professional who is looking to engage in advanced professional development in a particular area of interest, a certificate program may be the right fit for you. 

Learners who successfully complete a Penn GSE certificate program are awarded a certificate with continuing education units. 

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Collegiate Athletics for Senior Leaders

The Collegiate Athletics for Senior Leaders certificate program empowers you to learn what questions to ask (and what answers you need to know) to support a healthy, sustainable, and mission-aligned athletics department. This program is ideal for presidential cabinet members, new presidents, senior leaders, and those who aspire to move into those roles. This institute can strengthen your candidacy with this unique, first of its kind educational certificate.

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Project-Based Learning

The Project-Based Learning certificate program is designed for current educators who strive to create rich, meaningful, and rigorous learning experiences through student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Developed in collaboration with the Science Leadership Academy, the Workshop School, Inquiry Schools, and EL Education, the program leverages the educational expertise of Penn GSE’s faculty and some of the most skilled and experienced student-centered learning practitioners from across the country.

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Strategic Leadership in Education

The Strategic Leadership in Education certificate program provides a sustained, rigorous, and cohort-based leadership development experience that empowers you to embrace your leadership role with purpose, confidence, and skill.

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Custom Programs

Penn GSE works with organizations, networks, and systems to design and deliver custom professional learning solutions that draw on the unique resources, research, and faculty of the Penn Community. Contact to learn more about our custom programs.

Interested in taking one or two courses at Penn GSE? Apply for General Admission and Non-Degree Studies.

Our Faculty

The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning engages with teaching faculty from Penn GSE, Penn, and beyond. Our teaching faculty bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our programs, and work hard to cultivate a collaborative professional learning community.

The following are some of the faculty who teach within our professional learning programs.

Penn GSE Faculty Ed Brockenbrough
Associate Professor and Calvin Bland Fellow
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Abby Reisman
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Sigal Ben-Porath
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Penn GSE Faculty Sharon M. Ravitch
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Angela Duckworth
Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, Penn Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Rand Quinn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Pam Grossman
Dean, Graduate School of Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Marsha Richardson
Senior Lecturer
Psy.D., Widener University
Penn GSE Faculty Karen Weaver
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University

Contact Us

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Zachary Herrmann
Executive Director

Chenelle Boatswain
Assistant Director

Yang Lin
Assistant Director

Sara Goldstein
Operations Manager